Speaking at the fourth convocation of University of Liberal Arts (ULAB), Nahid said ULAB had set an example by being a non-profit university and other institutions needed to follow suit by not looking at education as a commercial enterprise.
The minister also commended ULAB for its curriculum, having subjects like Bangladesh Studies and Sustainable Development, which gives students a better understanding of their country and the current issues that affect the world.
The fourth convocation of the ULAB was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka.
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The graduating class of 2016 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
A total of 1,325 graduates were conferred degrees at this year's convocation. Nahid awarded gold medals to two outstanding students – Azharul Alam from the undergraduate programme and Hosneara Yesmin Eti from the graduate programme, who also gave the valedictory speech.
Human rights activist Sultana Kamal delivered the convocation speech, urging students to focus more on learning and less on getting the highest marks.
“Learn to be a good human being first and help continue Bangladesh’s achievements further,” she said.
Asking parents to prioritise knowledge first, she said: “Help your child acquire knowledge and do not let them only focus on the competition, just getting high scores is not enough.”
ULAB Vice-Chancellor Professor Imran Rahman gave the welcome speech. “We strive to maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity in dealing with each other and stakeholders,” he said.
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1,325 students graduated as part of this year's batch Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
“We believe that the strength of our nations lies in the innate capabilities, patriotic spirit and the curiosity of our young people. Our mission is to help develop these young graduates so that they can make a difference in the future of our country,” said Prof Imran.
Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of ULAB Dr Kazi Anis Ahmed urged graduates to follow their dreams.
“Life begins with dreams and ends with memories,” he said.
Chairman of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh Professor Abdul Mannan spoke at the occasion while member of the ULAB Board of Trustees Kazi Inam Ahmed delivered a speech on behalf of Kazi Shahid Ahmed, the president of the Board.